Vol. 4 Num 237 Sat. January 24, 2004  
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Police guard Satkhira Press Club on PBCP death threat

Satkhira district administration has deployed police to guard Satkhira Press Club and local reporters' club following Thursday's death threat to nine journalists by an outlawed party.

In a letter to Satkhira Press Club Thursday, Gaffar alias Tushar, Satkhira area commander of Janajuddha faction of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), announced that nine more local journalists were on their hit list.

The death threat came just a week after the killing of former president of Khulna Press Club Manik Saha in a bomb attack in Khulna on January 15. Janajuddha has claimed responsibility for that murder.

The leader of the outlaws also warned in the letter that journalists who persisted in writing about Manik Saha's killing would face the same consequences and share his fate.

The newsmen named in the Janajuddha hit list are all Satkhira-based correspondents of different dailies. They are Mizanur Rahman of Janakantha, Kalyan Banarjee of Prothom Alo, Suvash Chowdhury of Bhorer Kagoj, Ram Krishna of Jugantar, Abdul Bari of Dinkal, Raju of Sangbad, Shahin Goldar of Khabor Patra, Kazi Dulal of Gramer Kagoj and Abul Kalam of Purbanchal. They and their family members are now passing their hours in utter panic.

Satkhira district units of Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Awami League in separate statements expressed their anxiety over the death threat and urged the local administration to beef up security measures to protect the targeted journalists. Bangladesh Sangbadik Samity and Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee too have expressed concern and made the demand.

Abdul Kader Beg, officer in charge of Satkhira Sadar Police Station, has filed a case in this connection.

Janajuddho faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) has again claimed responsibility for the murder of journalist Manik Saha, but flatly denied giving any death threat to the journalists of Satkhira.